A sharp all-around performance from New Oxford led to a 7-1 season-opening victory on the road at Southwest York in York Adams American Legion baseball action Wednesday evening in Hanover.
The Ox rapped out 12 hits, played error-free defense and its trio of pitchers combined for nine strikeouts and three walks.
“We pitched well, we played defense and we hit the ball well,” New Oxford head coach Scott Anderson said. “We did what you need to do to win ballgames.”
New Oxford scored runs in five different frames, coming up empty only in the fourth and sixth innings.
A bases-loaded walk drawn by Josh Bethas plated Peyton Megonnell to get the scoring started in the top of the first. The visitors added to their advantage an inning later when Brevin Neveker tripled home Mason Weaver, before Colin Miller doubled to score Neveker.
“We hit some balls hard and hit some into the gaps,” Anderson said. “With our speed, and I’d say we have plus-speed as a team, that is big.”
New Oxford (1-0) added two more tallies in the third when Weaver singled home Bethas and Luke Rickrode to make it 5-0.
The fifth began with a Charles Clark triple to right-center and he came home on Weaver’s sacrifice fly to bump it to 6-0.
Clark led the way for the Ox offense with three knocks and scored twice from the eighth spot in the batting order.
“I was looking for an outside fastball and that’s what I got,” Clark said of his three-bagger. “I just went with it and drove it.”
Southwest York (2-1) scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth when Koen Jacoby began the inning with a single. He stole both second and third before coming home on a wild pitch.
The winners capped the scoring in the top of the seventh when Clark begin the rally with a one-out single. He eventually came home when Aden Hafer beat out a potential inning-ending double play grounder for a fielder’s choice.
The three hurlers that toed the slab for New Oxford were Logan Strausbaugh, Matt Rineman and Brodey Neveker.
Strausbaugh, a rising senior for New Oxford High, worked three scoreless frames and allowed a pair of hits with three strikeouts and no walks, while Rineman, a rising junior at Delone Catholic, went the next two innings and earned the win. He allowed a run and a hit with one strikeout and three walks.
Brodey Neveker, who just completed his freshman season at Frederick Community College, was almost untouchable over the final two innings as he recorded five punch-outs in the six outs that he posted.
“I wanted to get those three guys some work on the mound and they all did well tonight,” Anderson said. “We’ve got a lot of arms on this team, so we shouldn’t have to overwork any of them.”
Joining Clark with multiple hits for the Ox were Weaver, Miller and Megonnell, each of whom had two knocks, while Weaver drove in three runs.
New Oxford returns to action today when Spring Grove visits for a 6 p.m. start while Southwest York takes to the road for its next contest, a matchup with Shiloh on Friday at 6 p.m.
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New Oxford 122 010 1 — 7 12 0
Southwest York 000 010 0 — 1 3 2
Logan Strausbaugh, Matt Rineman (4), Brodey Neveker (6) and Peyton Megonnell; Aaron Hughes, Josh Barzanski (3), Derek Huff (3), Adam Bixler (5) and Ty Cromer. SO-BB: Strausbaugh 3-0, Rineman 1-3, Neveker 5-0; Hughes 1-3, Barzanski 0-1, Huff 2-1, Bixler 1-1. 2B: NO-Colin Miller. 3B: NO -Brevin Neveker, Charles Clark.